Smart tech for Halloween lovers and loathers

Young girl wearing devil horns with her mother making carved pumpkins

Halloween is just around the corner. And while it’s meant to be a bit of fun, a recent study we ran revealed that lots of you have genuine concerns about home security at this time of year. Over a fifth of Brits (22%) worry that their house will fall prey to vandals taking Halloween tricks too far. And 19% of you are scared about opening the door to people in fancy dress (we’ve got every nineties horror film to thank for that).

Either way, whether you’re a Halloween lover or loather, we’ve got some tips to help keep your family safe and home protected. As well as some ways you can use smart tech to get your home all Halloweened up.

Protect your home with a smart camera

If you’re worried about protecting your home, a smart security camera is a great way to put your mind at ease. 

First up, having one on the outside of your house acts as a deterrent before it’s even put to use. And as soon as your camera detects movement, it will send an alert straight to your smartphone. You can then use your phone to watch a live stream and see whether it’s anything suspicious. So whether you’re out trick or treating with the kids or away for the weekend, you can quickly check everything’s ok back home.  

With facial recognition and night vision our smart camera is also a great way to see who’s at the front door.  Use the two-way audio feature and you won’t even need to open the door to speak to any dressed-up revellers on your doorstep. You can even recommend that they collect a sweet from the pumpkin all from the safety and comfort of your own home.

Use smart lights to trick anyone snooping where they shouldn’t

Lots of us leave lights on to make it look like someone’s home – it’s a simple way to help avoid a burglary. But setting up Hive Lights and Mimic mode makes thing much more believable.

Hive’s Mimic mode turns your lights on automatically in a random, slightly different pattern each evening. It’s ideal for distracting trick or treaters up to anything more sinister than looking for sweets, while you’re out.

Halloween lover? Set up smart lights for some fright-night fun

If, on the other hand, you DO love Halloween, smart tech isn’t just for protecting your children and home – it’s great for getting into the spooky spirit of things too. If you’re hosting a Halloween party, for example, how about using some smart lights to transform your home? 

Our special coloured smart lights glow in 16 million colours, all of which can be controlled straight from your smartphone. So it’s really easy to turn your kitchen a gruesome red or your sitting room a zombie green.

Use smart sensors to spook your guests

And if you have more than one Hive device, you can use Hive Actions to easily connect devices, so they can work together to create the ultimate haunted house experience. 

For instance, hook your speakers up to a smart plug, link it to a motion sensor in the hallway and it will play spooky sounds every time someone walks past. Or link a smart sensor to your lights and they will come on automatically. Sensors are really easy to set up and are a great way to have a bit of fun with your friends and family this Halloween.

Our security packs contain all the products you need to protect your home – no magic spells required. Check them out on the Home Security page.

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